4 May 2018

Latin American and African vibes and Bashkir ethno-rock to await guests of The Spirit of Tengri 2018

Russian version

VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri continues to reveal its line-up: on June 2-3, the main music event of this summer will Childo Tomas band for the first time. In addition, the audience will meet the Bashkir rockers from Argymak band again - they performed at the festivals in Almaty in 2013-2016, and in 2017 they got a big hand at The Spirit of Astana and Nomad Way festivals in the Capital.

A Mozambican bass player Childo Thomas already performed at The Spirit of Tengri a year ago. Back then he joined a band of a Guinean musician Sekou Koyate. The musician liked the Kazakhstani festival so much that he decided to bring his own jazz project Childo Tomas. The band is famous for its energy music based on a combination of Mozambican rhythms (marrabenta), jazz, Spanish and Latin American vibes. Childo Thomas is from Mozambique, but he currently resides in Spain. For a long time, he studied the traditional and pop music of his country and other parts of Africa. This knowledge and experience are shared by such musicians as Pee Wee Ellis & Omar Sosa, Mark Gilmore, Julio Barreto, Dhafer Youssef, Jack Moralembau, Miguel "Anga" Diaz, Salif Keita, John Santos, David Gilmore, and the NDR Big Band (Germany).

In addition to bass guitar, Childo is a master of playing such instruments as M'bira (African wooden plucked instrument), Xivocovoco, Xigovia, and also sings in different languages. Recently he has resented his first long-awaited album Moçambique Ni N'Tumbuluku, which translates as "The Traditions of Mozambique". The album represents a genuine fusion of traditional African, European and Latin American music of various styles and sounds. Childo's work has been influenced at different times by such famous musicians as Kenny Garrett, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, John Scofield, as well as his Mozambican teachers Hortencio Langa, Arao Litsure and Xidiminguana.

"There are four musicians in our group: me, Childo Tomas, a bass player from Mozambique, Mark Aanderud, a keyboardist from Mexico, a percussionist from Brazil Ala de Sousa, a drummer from Venezuela Juan Berbin. We are working to preserve traditions in our music and mix it with other styles and directions at the same time. With the Spirit of Tengri festival, I want to share all my passion and creativity with the audience, make them sing and dance with us.We hope the audience supports us. We are bringing to Kazakhstan our second album, which is called Messengers, which is soon to be released. I am also the producer for my daughter's album, which I will also present at the Festival in Almaty. I hope you like my music," said the musician, adding that he is looking forward to feasting with our "famous plov".


One of the most beloved music bands at The Spirit of Tengri is an ethno-rock band Argymak from Bashkortostan. The band is a laureate of international Russian and Republic contests and festivals. Bashkir folk songs, melodies and tunes, kubairs, epics poems and legends, as well as original songs written by soloist Rinat Ramazanov in different styles and directions, coexist in their repertoire. The fundamentals of the Bashkir band are national musical instruments: qurai, dumbyra, kubyz, kyl-kubyz, throat singing in combination with guitars, bass and drums and ethnic instruments from all over the world.  

"This year in Almaty we are going to bring new songs, new styles, a new sound: it will be dub-step, speed grunge, traditional reggae and more interesting music." There will be cool tracks from the new album, which can be finally found on iTunes. We release our works in singles, one song every two weeks or a month, At the end of this session we will put everything together in one album," says the accompanist and the keyboard player Alik Garayev.

"We are inspired by the ancient records that we listen to in the music library of the Academy of Arts. We are also inspired at festivals, especially The Spirit of Tengri, by the performances of other bands - they give us a push for creating something new. There are new instruments, rhythms, that can be found there. And, definitely, when we travel, especially around our native land, when we can enjoy its beauty. This gives us the strength and energy to accomplish all our ideas. "At The Spirit of Tengri we are looking forward to meet our beloved audience and warm wild applause. "We are always happy to see the feedback in Instagram, VKontakte, Facebook, which also inspires us to create." See you at The Spirit of Tengri," add the accompanist, percussionist Radmir Ismagilov and the soloist, qurai player and the art director of the band Rinat Ramazanov.

The VI International Festival The Spirit of Tengri will be held on the first weekend of the summer - June 2 and 3. The venue for the Festival is traditionally the main open-air area of ​​the city - the Abay Square in front of the Republic Palace in Almaty. The start is at 17:00. Free entrance. The guests should expect a beautiful, powerful, live show: traditionally live sound of high quality, lighting that is literally seen from space, and, definitely, the Festival's signature family atmosphere. 

The festival is held with the support of the Almaty Akimat. The general partner of the project is Magnum Cash&Carry supermarket chain. Support by the tour operator Tez Tour Kazakhstan. Guests are welcomed by the Hotel Kazakhstan. Technical support for the Festival is provided by KZ Sound.

The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural project established by the national radio station Tengri FM in 2012. The Festival aims at demonstrating the ethnic traditions of the countries of the world on the Kazakh land.  Over five years, more than 100 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been it visitors. Musicians from 30 countries and regions of the world have been on tis stage. Among them are - the Turkish group BaBa Zula, the Chinese-Mongolian band Hanggai, the Magyar band Tilla Török's Band & Holdviola, the Estonian ethno band TRAD.ATTACK!, the Georgian trio The Shin, the band from Bashkortostan "Argymak", the Buryat-Finnish-Norwegian project Nordic Namgar, master of throat singing Radik Tyulush with the project "Chalama" from Tuva. Kazakhstan has been represented by the ethno music groups Aldaspan, Sharapat, Tigrahaud, Roksonaki, as well as the master of folklore Edil Khussainov.

In previous years the general partner of the Festival was

Argymak - Bur baikamys
Bolot Bairyshev - Ak Burkhan
Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


The Spirit of Tengri (2014)
Sainkho Namchylak with German Popov on Tengri FM (2014)
The Shin on Tengri FM (2014)
The Spirit of Astana (2017)
NOMAD WAY 2018 | ASTANA | JUNE 22-24
The Spirit of Tengri (2013)
The Spirit of Tengri (2015)
BaBa Zula on Tengri FM (2015)
The Spirit of Tengri (2016)
The Spirit of Tengri (2017)
The Spirit of Tengri on Womex 2015 (Hungary)
Voices of autumn (2014)
Presentation of DVD The Spirit of Tengri 2014
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